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Reconfiguration of Atlanta Motor Speedway is well underway
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Reconfiguration of Atlanta Motor Speedway is well underway

Less than two weeks since hosting its most recent NASCAR Cup Series race, Atlanta Motor Speedway’s reconfiguration and repaving project is well-underway.

NASCAR suspends pair of Hendrick Motorsports executives

NASCAR issued a series of penalties – including two suspensions – to Hendrick Motorsports on Thursday for a violation of its sealed engine policy.

Jack Roush is passing his baton but has 'no retirement plans'

There is no secret Brad Keselowski’s addition to Roush Fenway Racing next season is part of the organization’s “succession plan” but that doesn’t mean team co-owner Jack Roush is stepping aside.

Why Keselowski's move to Roush Fenway is just the beginning

Brad Keselowski’s move next season at Roush Fenway Racing was made official on Tuesday but he’s likely the first of many.

Keselowski confirmed as new driver/co-owner at Roush Fenway
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Keselowski confirmed as new driver/co-owner at Roush Fenway

As Motorsport.com first reported, Brad Keselowski will join Roush Fenway Racing in 2022 as both a driver and co-owner.

Joey Logano: Throttle issue was 'A straight kick to the gut' New Hampshire
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Joey Logano: Throttle issue was 'A straight kick to the gut'

As it turned out, Joey Logano believed he had one of the best cars of the season in Sunday’s race at New Hampshire. He just was never in position to capitalize on it.

NASCAR signs off Next Gen car, chassis released to teams this week

Following the results of a review of crash test data by an independent panel of experts, NASCAR will be releasing Next Gen car chassis and car parts to Cup teams this week.

Christopher Bell on NASCAR shortening N.H. race: "It stings"

Christopher Bell got better the longer Sunday’s race at New Hampshire went on, but it never went the scheduled distance.

Almirola scores upset win in chaotic New Hampshire race New Hampshire
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Almirola scores upset win in chaotic New Hampshire race

It may have been difficult see, but Aric Almirola upset the field Sunday at New Hampshire and won his way into the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.

Kyle Busch: Sunday's NASCAR Cup race 'never should've gone green'

Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire came to a crashing halt when wet track conditions triggered a multi-car wreck on Lap 6 and brought out a red flag.

Chase Elliott wins SRX finale as Stewart claims series title

Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott held off three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart to take the victory in the Camping World SRX Series season finale Saturday night at the Nashville (Tenn.) Fairgrounds Speedway.

Penske: Keselowski 'wanted to have ownership' in NASCAR Cup series

While doing his best to avoid naming the new organization, Roger Penske detailed the path Brad Keselowski has paved toward team ownership next season in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Harrison Burton steps up to Cup: "I’ve worked for this my whole life"
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Harrison Burton steps up to Cup: "I’ve worked for this my whole life"

Harrison Burton will step up to the NASCAR Cup Series in 2022, driving the famed No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford.

Keselowski: Penske split a “difficult decision”, news on future “soon”

Former NASCAR Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski has explained that his exit from Team Penske is to “embrace a new opportunity and challenge” but has yet to reveal what that is.

Penske confirms Keselowski NASCAR Cup exit, Cindric to drive No. 2 in 2022

Team Penske has confirmed that its former NASCAR Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski will depart from its lineup at the end of the season and be replaced by Austin Cindric, the defending NASCAR Xfinity Series champion in 2022.

Hendrick Motorsports extends Larson contract through 2023
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Hendrick Motorsports extends Larson contract through 2023

Kyle Larson will remain with Hendrick Motorsports for the foreseeable future in a new contract extension revealed Wednesday.

Frustrated NASCAR drivers speak out over 'disconnect'

Since the announcement of Atlanta Motor Speedway's upcoming reconfiguration, several drivers have spoken out about the move and the fact that most were not consulted beforehand.

Kurt Busch 'not leaving anything on the table' in 2021

If one thing has defined Kurt Busch’s career in the NASCAR Cup Series, it’s that he’s always found a way.

Kyle Busch on Atlanta: "It was ours to lose and we lost it" Atlanta II
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Kyle Busch on Atlanta: "It was ours to lose and we lost it"

Kurt Busch’s victory over younger brother Kyle Sunday at Atlanta came with an assist from Ross Chastain and Kyle appeared none-too-happy with it.

Kurt Busch outduels brother Kyle in dramatic Atlanta Cup win Atlanta II
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Kurt Busch outduels brother Kyle in dramatic Atlanta Cup win

It was a Busch brothers duel for the ages Sunday at Atlanta, with older brother Kurt getting the best of Kyle for his first win of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Sunday's Atlanta Cup race briefly halted for track repairs

Atlanta Motor Speedway announced earlier this week plans to repave and reconfigure its track in the offseason but it was apparently needed much sooner.

IndyCar veteran Marco Andretti wins SRX race at Slinger

IndyCar Series veteran Marco Andretti won the Camping World SRX Series event Saturday night at Slinger (Wisconsin) Speedway to take his first victory in a stock car.

Is it now or never for Kevin Harvick this season at Atlanta? Atlanta II
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Is it now or never for Kevin Harvick this season at Atlanta?

It’s been a difficult year for Kevin Harvick and Stewart-Haas Racing, but Harvick’s crew chief thinks Sunday’s race at Atlanta could foretell what they can make out of the 2021 season.

NASCAR awaits final sign-off of crash results on Next Gen car

NASCAR is awaiting a sign-off by an independent panel of experts on the crash test results of its Next Generation car before releasing it to teams so they can begin construction.

Chase Elliott joins his dad in SRX Series finale at Nashville

Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott will become the series’ first active driver to compete in the SRX (Superstar Racing Experience) Series.

Atlanta Motor Speedway to reconfigure banking and be repaved Road America
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Atlanta Motor Speedway to reconfigure banking and be repaved

In the week following the July 11th NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the track will be completely reconfigured for the 2022 season.

Elliott enjoyed his moment at Road America. NASCAR can, too Road America
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Elliott enjoyed his moment at Road America. NASCAR can, too

Following his victory Sunday at Road America, Chase Elliott made certain he savored the moment and NASCAR should, too.

Ross Chastain says pair of Ganassi top-10s "a calming factor"

Team owner Chip Ganassi may be out of NASCAR at the end of the 2021 season, but his current drivers in the Cup Series show no signs of slowing down.

Bell: "There's more to come" after second at Road America Road America
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Bell: "There's more to come" after second at Road America

Christopher Bell had a car capable of competing with Hendrick Motorsports on Sunday, which is saying something considering the organization’s recent performance.

Chase Elliott returns to form with win at Road America Road America
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Chase Elliott returns to form with win at Road America

Chase Elliott returned to form on Sunday, winning the first NASCAR Cup Series race at Road America in 65 years.

Ernie Francis Jr. wins first SRX race at Lucas Oil Raceway

Seven-time Trans Am Series champion Ernie Francis Jr. scored an emphatic inaugural victory in the Camping World SRX Series race Saturday night at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Led by Byron, Hendrick sweeps front row at Road America Road America
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Led by Byron, Hendrick sweeps front row at Road America

Despite some chaotic moments in qualifying, Hendrick Motorsports swept the front row for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Road America.

Kurt Busch tops Cup practice at Road America, Kyle Busch wrecks Road America
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Kurt Busch tops Cup practice at Road America, Kyle Busch wrecks

Kurt and Kyle Busch topped Saturday’s lone NASCAR Cup Series practice session at Road America, but it won’t do much good for Kyle.

NASCAR invades Road America this weekend and Trans-Am Road America
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NASCAR invades Road America this weekend and Trans-Am

The addition of the iconic Road America course to the NASCAR Cup Series schedule this season left many drivers looking for innovative ways to find track time.

Why Chip Ganassi’s NASCAR exit is a sign of the times

Chip Ganassi selling out his NASCAR Cup Series team to young upstarts in Trackhouse Racing came as a shock to many, but how big a deal is it in the grand scheme of things and what does it say about NASCAR’s upcoming Next-Gen era?

Chip Ganassi sells entire NASCAR team to Trackhouse Racing
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Chip Ganassi sells entire NASCAR team to Trackhouse Racing

Trackhouse Entertainment Group has purchased Chip Ganassi Racing's entire NASCAR Cup Series operation.

Chip Ganassi: I’m out of NASCAR but “still heavily involved in motorsports”

American motorsports grandee Chip Ganassi insists that he’s “not getting out of anything” after selling off his NASCAR team’s assets to Trackhouse Racing ahead of the 2022 Cup season.

Jeff Gordon on HMS: "This is where my true passion lies"

Jeff Gordon’s decision to leave the Fox Sports TV booth was never going to be about ‘if’ but ‘when.’

Kyle Larson: "Nothing went my way" at Pocono Pocono II
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Kyle Larson: "Nothing went my way" at Pocono

On paper, Kyle Larson’s weekend at the Pocono Raceway doubleheader looks good – ninth and second-place finishes – but there was potential for so much more.

Penske crew chief Todd Gordon to retire at season's end

Team Penske crew chief Todd Gordon is stepping away from his role following the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Hamlin frustrated "he can't see the checkered right now" Pocono II
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Hamlin frustrated "he can't see the checkered right now"

Denny Hamlin is growing frustrated with running well in races but failing to take the checkered flag.

Bubba Wallace: Pocono top-five "shows what we can do" Pocono II
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Bubba Wallace: Pocono top-five "shows what we can do"

Bubba Wallace made the fuel-mileage work and scored his best finish of the season Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Kyle Busch loses clutch, stretches fuel to claim Pocono win Pocono II
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Kyle Busch loses clutch, stretches fuel to claim Pocono win

With a shifter stuck in fourth gear and a car quickly running out of fuel, Kyle Busch survived to win Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.

Tony Stewart goes from last to first in Eldora SRX win

Tony Stewart made it back-to-back victories in the Camping World SRX Series by winning in dramatic fashion at his own Eldora Speedway on Saturday night.

Kyle Larson left in 'disbelief' after losing Pocono win Pocono I
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Kyle Larson left in 'disbelief' after losing Pocono win

Kyle Larson won’t have much time to think about the one that got away, but it surely will still sting.

Bowman wins Pocono in dramatic finish as Larson blows tire Pocono I
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Bowman wins Pocono in dramatic finish as Larson blows tire

Kyle Larson had another win in hand – and then he handed it over to his teammate Alex Bowman after a flat tire on the final lap at Pocono.

NASCAR Hall of Famer Jack Ingram dies at age 84

Jack Ingram, a dominant short track racer and member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, has died. He was 84.

Where is Hendrick beating Penske right now? 'Everywhere'
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Where is Hendrick beating Penske right now? 'Everywhere'

It certainly looks like Team Penske has had a solid season with all three of its NASCAR Cup Series drivers having won this year but looks can be deceiving.

Jeff Gordon to be vice chairman at Hendrick, leaves FOX Sports
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Jeff Gordon to be vice chairman at Hendrick, leaves FOX Sports

Jeff Gordon is leaving the Fox Sports broadcast booth for an executive position at Hendrick Motorsports.

Kyle Larson: "NASCAR has always been my No. 1 priority" Nashville
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Kyle Larson: "NASCAR has always been my No. 1 priority"

Kyle Larson would like to clear something up – NASCAR is where his focus is and where he has always hoped to compete.

Ross Chastain rebounds for career-best finish at Nashville Nashville
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Ross Chastain rebounds for career-best finish at Nashville

Ross Chastain believed he had a top-five car on Sunday – it just took a long while to show it.

Almirola enjoys 'solid day' after difficult 2021 season

Aric Almirola enjoyed his best result of the 2021 season in NASCAR's return to Nashville, finishing fourth after starting from pole position.

Kyle Larson dominates Nashville for fourth straight win Nashville
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Kyle Larson dominates Nashville for fourth straight win

A new track didn’t change the outcome in the NASCAR Cup Series of late as Kyle Larson won the inaugural race at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway.

Tony Stewart holds off Hailie Deegan for SRX win at Knoxville

NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart added another first to his extensive motorsports resume.

Aric Almirola takes surprise pole in first Nashville Cup race Nashville
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Aric Almirola takes surprise pole in first Nashville Cup race

It’s been a difficult season for Aric Almirola but on Sunday he found a bright spot

Hendrick drivers lead Cup practice at Nashville

Even though the NASCAR Cup Series races at a new track this weekend, Hendrick Motorsports drivers still look like the ones to beat.

Chase Elliott's spotter reinstated by NASCAR and Hendrick

The spotter for reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott, was who suspended last month for his failure to report an arrest, was reinstated on Friday.

Kaulig Racing to launch multi-car NASCAR Cup Series program
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Kaulig Racing to launch multi-car NASCAR Cup Series program

Kaulig Racing unveiled its expansion plans Friday which include the purchase of two charters to field teams in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Alex Bowman and Hendrick agree to contract extension

Alex Bowman’s strong start to the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series has earned him another contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports.

Keelan Harvick gives 'Monster' Father's Day gift to his dad Nashville
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Keelan Harvick gives 'Monster' Father's Day gift to his dad

Keelan Harvick wanted to give his dad, NASCAR star Kevin Harvick, something special this year for Father’s Day and it was a ‘Monster’ of a surprise for both of them.